CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—A Harvard University dean says damage to three dozen books on gay and lesbian issues that appeared to have been doused in urine in a campus library was simply an accident.
Campus police were investigating the incident that occurred Nov. 24 and reported Friday as a hate crime.
Dean Evelynn Hammonds told The Crimson student newspaper Monday that an investigation determined that a library worker found a bottle of what appeared to be urine on a shelf in the Lamont Library and accidentally spilled it.
It remains unclear what a bottle of urine was doing in a library.
The 36 books worth several thousand dollars will be replaced.
Harvard College Queer Students and Allies co-chairman Marco Chan expressed relief that the damage was not an act of homophobia.